Ever catch yourself alone, at your desk, in your room, on the train, talking entirely aloud about a task you are in the midst of completing? Me too. Our brains love to encourage us to say thoughts out loud because maybe, just maybe the action will be completed or, we can experience a sigh of relief or information that did not make sense inside of our brain will reconfigure outside of us. One of the relationships many people forget is the one we have with ourselves. Often times, we forget to be the listener as we ramble on and on to ourselves about what we want, need, expect, feel… the list could go on. I talk to myself on the regular, in fact I am doing it write now, in my head, about whether or not what I am writing for this particular painting is what I actually want to say. Look at the phrases we use. “Oh, I talked myself into it” or “I talked myself out of it”. We exist with a speaker and a listener inside of us at all times. Embrace both parts. Do you know what you need? Have you been listening to yourself about it?